This article is devoted to understanding the physical and emotional aspects of depression and anxiety. Recent research indicates that prescription antidepressants are no more effective for mild to moderate depression than a sugar pill. Read on to find support that really works to correct the root cause of depression … and leave the harsh side effects of medications behind.
Increased awareness of mood disorders has supported the pharmaceutical industry's windfall of profits from antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, as they are the # 1 prescribed medications in the country. However, with research revealing that these powerful medications are no more effective than a placebo in treating mild to moderate depression, it's time to give more attention to natural and effective treatments.
Some of the most common underlying causes of depression and anxiety include:
~ Lack of REM sleep
~ Prolonged high stress levels
~ Poor food choices: too much sugar, alcohol and fried foods, low protein diet, lack of salt
~ Poor dental health
~ Poor digestion
~ Parasites or infection in the stomach and GI tract
~ Toxic liver and gallbladder
~ Deficient mineral status (low pH)
~ Heavy metal toxicity
~ Past emotional trauma
Interestingly, antidepressants do not truly address ANY of these underlying causes. Although all of the above factors are equally important an often co-exist in most cases of anxiety and depression, I'll focus primarily on three underlying issues.
Lack of Sleep
Sleep is the body's time to repair and rejuvenate itself from life's daily stresses. Without a minimum of 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep (where your head does not rise from your pillow), the adrenal glands have no chance of being healthy enough to support future stress. Low adrenal function is often experienced as: fatigue, sleep disorders, low immunity, allergies, mood disorders, hormone imbalances, weight gain, gastrointestinal distress, and poor memory. Nutritional and emotional support for healthy adrenal function is key in reversing depression and anxiety.
Poor Digestion / Infection
If you are not properly digesting your food, your body is unable to absorb key nutrients needed to support healthy pH levels or adrenal function. The increased use of antacids blocks the absorption of B vitamins and key minerals needed to support proper neurotransmitter levels in the GI tract as well as the brain. Poor digestion and a lack of stomach acid also leads to parasitic infections. Parasites are living organisms that give off waste products throughout their life cycle, causing tremendous stress on the entire endocrine system. Symptoms include: hypoglycemia and sugar cravings, addictions, food allergies (especially gluten sensitivity), mood swings, hormone imbalances, sleep disturbances, and foggy brain.
Past Emotional Trauma
Traumatic events, especially during childhood, can lead to increased risks of depression and anxiety later in life. Proper emotional support in the form of counseling, talk therapy, or spiritual and life coaching is essential in letting go of the past. Often, these memories are trapped in the subconscious mind and can trigger a cascade of learned coping mechanisms that keep a person safe from future harm. The mind, just like the body, has the amazing ability to heal, even from the most severe trauma. Biofeedback therapies, such as EVOX Therapy, can be very effective in decreasing or eliminating the stress response associated with past trauma. Destructive or self-sabotaging behaviors can be decreased to allow for more healthy behaviors and responses. You cannot change the past and it does not have to define who you are. Letting go of negative past events or relationships frees up valuable space in your life for positive relationships and events now and in the future. Simply put …. letting go is one of the most powerful things you can do for your emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Being alive and living well means moving forward.
Natural and effective forms of treatment for depression and anxiety include: Nutrition Therapy, Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA), Acupuncture, Biofeedback Therapy (EVOX), Electro-Cranial Stimulation Therapy (Alpha-Stim), and Emotional Repolarizition Technique (ERT). Alone or combined, these natural therapies offer real relief from anxiety and depression by addressing the root causes. No side effects, just real and lasting results.